Ask a child what he or she wants to be when they grow up and youll probably hear the standard doctor or lawyer. There may be a few ambitious movie stars or u-s presidents out there. North Little Rock students are learning there are thousands of options when it comes to future careers. Because good news matters, theyre getting real life experience through the Vital Link Program. Three hundred middle school students are learning what its like to be in the workforce this week. For Seth Boles and Reagan Martin, their job is zoo keeper. This week, they are cleaning out cages and preparing meals for the animals at the Little Rock Zoo. Besides the zoo, students are helping out in restaurants, courtrooms, architecture firms and even putting in a few hours for the Travelers. The Vital Link Program was developed to help kids understand the connection between classroom learning and success in the workplace. Reagan Martin Vital Link Student "I wanted to participate because I love animals and I wanted to be able to work with them and see how my education will help me." Gena Sparks Vital Link Director "Students get real life experience. Their eyes are opened to jobs they may have never known were out there." Students have to apply for the week long program just as they would a job and not every applicant is chosen. The district is looking for more businesses to participate. If you are interested, contact the North Little Rock School District.